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Grudge may have led to west Santa Rosa shooting

  • Santa Rosa Police Sergeant John Cregan stands beside a car that sustained several bullet holes and three flat tires during a shooting near Corporate Center Parkway in Santa Rosa, Calif., on March 22, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

An old grudge between two Santa Rosa men may have led to a Saturday night shooting and subsequent arrest Tuesday of one of the men on suspicion of attempted homicide.

Santa Rosa police arrested Leonard James Roubidoux, 20, in the shooting of a 21-year-old man in southwest Santa Rosa. Police said Roubidoux is a known gang member.

They also arrested a 17-year-old Santa Rosa girl they said appeared to be Roubidoux's girlfriend. They suspected she was an accessory to the crime and was with Roubidoux at the time of the shooting, Santa Rosa Sgt. Dave Linscomb said Wednesday.

The victim turned up Saturday night outside of a Santa Rosa fire station on Corporate Center Parkway. The man had a gunshot wound to his leg and a car sprayed with bullet holes.

A Chevrolet Impala abandoned nearby helped detectives identify Roubidoux as a suspect, Linscomb said.

Gang detectives have been looking for Roubidoux for a few days and Tuesday afternoon found him walking on West Third Street near Stony Point Road. His girlfriend, who wasn't identified because of her age, was nearby and also taken into custody.

Linscomb declined to name the victim, saying the shooting remained under investigation because more people could be involved and that the man could be in danger from the suspect's gang ties.

A motive for the shooting could involve an ongoing grudge between the two, possibly involving a quarrel some years back where the suspect may have brandished a gun at the victim, Linscomb said.

Saturday night, Roubidoux and the girl crossed paths with the victim near Fresno Avenue and Northpoint Parkway, Linscomb said.

Witnesses called police, saying they'd heard yelling and several shots fired.


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